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Argentine prisoners go on hunger strike to watch Leo Messi play in Russia

The nine inmates also filed a legal suit to assert their rights

AFP | PTI  |  Buenos Aires 

Argentina's Lionel Messi waves before the start of a Copa America Centenario Group A soccer match between Argentina and Chile at the Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif

Inmates in an Argentine prison have begun a to press authorities to repair the system so they can watch

"Cable television is an indispensable right for everyone deprived of their liberty," according to a statement from nine inmates at some 1,300 kilometers (800 miles) south of

"It hasn't been working for three days. And we have decided not to receive any until the problem is resolved," the prisoners wrote.

The nine inmates also filed a legal suit to assert their rights. The cable system, located in a common area of the jail, was damaged recently and not repaired.

face on Saturday in in their first match of The tournament kicks off when hosts play on Thursday.

First Published: Wed, June 13 2018. 18:00 IST